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Audio examples are available for selected titles. These may be digital transfers from 78-rpm discs in the Virtual Gramophone, new recordings made for this site, or examples from commercial releases. Most are extracts, not complete works. Click on the titles listed below, or on the links found in the database descriptions for each title that includes this feature.

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New Recordings

The following Ottawa performers have recorded songs and piano music specifically for this site: Garth Hampson, baritone; and pianists Frances Macdonnell and Art Lawless.

Frances Macdonnell

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Frances Macdonnell

Ottawa-born organist, composer and conductor Frances Macdonnell, BA, FRCO, first studied under organist and composer Godfrey Hewitt. She obtained her B.A. from Queen's University and later studied music in London, England. In 1980, she succeeded Dr. Hewitt as organist and choirmaster of Christ Church Anglican Cathedral in Ottawa, a position she held until her retirement in 2003. She toured the Western Arctic with the Cathedral Choir in 1989 and has given workshops for organists in Iqaluit. She has composed many choral works, some of which reflect the northern experience, and has made twelve recordings.

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Garth Hampson

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Garth Hampson

Baritone Garth Hampson was born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, and studied at the Regina Conservatory of Music. He was a member of the entertainment group, Plus Six in Song and sang as soloist with the Savoy Society of Ottawa. After 34 years in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, many of them as soloist with the RCMP Band, he retired from police work. He continues to perform, however, and is equally at home singing opera, operetta, music hall, or oratorio repertoire.

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Art Lawless

A native of Kingston, Ontario, Art has been a commercial pianist involved in virtually every aspect of popular music in Ottawa since the 1960s - dance bands, clubs, recordings, broadcasts and shows - and has accompanied such performers as Dinah Shore, Ginette Reno, Dionne Warwick and Rich Little. He has performed in Canada, the USA, Mexico and the Caribbean. In 2003, Art contributed to locally released recordings by Scott Poll, Tom Denison and Dick Maloney. In 2004, Art is working on compositions, regular performances at Ottawa's Fairmont Chateau Laurier Hotel, and a developing musical troupe called The Northwest Mounted.

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Art Lawless at the piano
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Art Lawless at the piano

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Commercial Releases

We are pleased to include excerpts from the following commercially released compact discs. We thank the recording companies for making these selections available for use on this site.

À la claire fontaine : music in Krieghoff's Quebec = La musique québécoise au temps de Krieghoff. - The Beckwith Ensemble. - Burlington, Ontario : Opening Day Recordings (ODR 9321), 2000

  • John Beckwith, piano, harmonium; Lisa Lindo, soprano; Darryl Edwards, tenor; Dianne Aitken, flute, piccolo; David Greenberg, violin; Trevor Tureski, percussion
Title Composer Listen  Download
Danse sauvage : Stadaconé Gagnon, Ernest [RAM 2,300 KB] [MP3 778 KB]
Quadrille canadien Dessane, Antoine [RAM 2 KB] [MP3 806 KB]
La Mère canadienne Dessane, Antoine [RAM 2,450 KB] [MP3 871 KB]
Écho malin Blain de Saint-Aubin, E. arr. Dessane [RAM 2,150 KB] [MP3 778 KB]
L'Alouette Sabatier, Charles W. [RAM 2,500 KB] [MP3 904 KB]
La Huronne Lavigueur, Célestin [RAM 2 KB] [MP3 824 KB]

For further information, please contact Opening Day Recordings at www.openingday.com.

"By a Canadian lady" : piano music, 1841-1997. - Nepean, Ontario : Carleton Sound, (CSCD-1006), 1999

  • Elaine Keillor, piano
Title Composer Listen  Download
Molto felice impromptu Hatton, Frances J. [RAM 2,500 KB] [MP3 952 KB]
Dialogue from 'Trois equisses canadiennes' Harrison, Susie Frances [RAM 2,500 KB] [MP3 944 KB]

Diana Gilchrist sings songs of Canada. - Nepean, Ontario : Carleton Sound (CSCD-1003), 1999

  • Diana Gilchrist, soprano; Shelley Katz, piano
Title Composer Listen  Download
Mädchenherz Lucas, Clarence [RAM 2,500 KB] [MP3 954 KB]
L'absence Lavallée, Calixa [RAM 2,500 KB] [MP3 968 KB]
When Johnny Canuck comes home Godfrey, H.H. [RAM 2,400 KB] [MP3 926 KB]

Canadians at the keyboard. - Nepean, Ontario : Carleton Sound (CSCD-1008), 2000

  • Elaine Keillor, piano.
Title Composer Listen  Download
Magic bell polka Strathy, George [RAM 2,450 KB] [MP3 939 KB]
Le Papillon Lavallée, Calixa [RAM 2,400 KB] [MP3 915 KB]
Souffle parfumé Vézina, Joseph [RAM 2,190 KB] [MP3 785 KB]
Tintamarre Anger, J. Humphrey [RAM 2,400 KB] [MP3 924 KB]

For further information, please contact Carleton Sound at www.carleton.ca/carletonsound/.